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FACT CHECK: CATS addresses allegations reported by WSOC
 
On July 14, 2011, WSOC-TV Channel 9 aired a story containing allegations from a business owner formerly located near the I-485/South Boulevard Station.  The business owner stated that they moved their establishment to another location due to crime caused by transit customers using the LYNX Blue Line.  Another former business in the area indicated the same reason for vacating the area near I-485 and South Boulevard.  Unfortunately, WSOC-TV aired the story without any crime or statistical information for that area or those businesses.  
 
The LYNX Blue Line opened November 26, 2007, and since opening, the crimes reported at the two businesses formerly located at the I-485 Station have decreased significantly. 

Percentage increase/decrease in reported crimes by year:

 2007  250%  Prior to light rail 
 2008  -75%  Decrease from previous year
 2009  -57%  Decrease from previous year
 2010  -67%  Decrease from previous year

(Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department CMPD)

The extra focus on safety and security helped reduce crime reported at these two businesses. 
 
The safety and security of our customers, employees and adjacent businesses is top priority for CATS.  CATS maintains security at our I-485/South Boulevard Station 20-hours a day. CATS Safety & Security and CMPD also routinely patrol this location.  We will maintain our efforts at the I-485/South Boulevard Station that has also helped reduce crime adjacent to our property.

Crime Report - shows total reported crimes and percentage crime growth/decline